Paul Hudson

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Paul Hudson
Born Paul David Hudson
(1971-02-27) 27 February 1971 (age 44)
Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Residence Shadwell, West Yorkshire
Education Newcastle University
Occupation Weather presenter and climate change correspondent
Years active 1997-present
Employer BBC Yorkshire
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Known for Look North from Leeds
Look North from Hull
Spouse(s) Nicola Hudson
Children Two daughters

Paul David Hudson (born 27 February 1971) is a weather presenter for BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in England. Hudson was born and brought up in Keighley.

After reading geophysics and planetary physics at Newcastle University, he joined the Met Office and did two years at Leeds Weather Centre. He combined this with a two-year stint as a weather presenter for BBC Look North and for the BBC local radio stations in Leeds, York, Humberside and Sheffield.

Paul Hudson is known for his funny, tongue-in-cheek banter with BBC Look North anchor Peter Levy.

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Keighley West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] on the same day as Derren Brown.

His parents bought him his first 'kids weather centre' when he was seven. He went to the Brontë Middle School and Oakbank School on Oakworth Road in Keighley.[2]

He has a first-class degree in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from the University of Newcastle.[2] His early memories of local weather forecasting came from fellow Yorkshireman, Doncaster's Bob Rust.

He did his training at the former site of the Met Office College, the former RAF Shinfield in Shinfield, in the same year as Liz Bentley, the current Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society.



He can be seen on both editions of the regional news programme Look North, from Leeds (serving North, West and South Yorkshire and the North Midlands) and Hull (serving East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and north Norfolk).

He returned to the BBC Yorkshire weather centre from the Met Office's old home of Bracknell in 1997 when Darren Bett left to present national forecasts. Leeds Weather Centre was at Oak House, on Park Lane in Leeds, within sight of Leeds Beckett University's ornate Opal One accommodation[3] and round the corner from the main site of Park Lane College Leeds.

He has currently had the most effective and reliable report in the country over the winter period of November 2010.

In The Little Prince (2010 TV series) he voice-acted the English dubbing for The Great Inventor during the Planet of Bubble Gob trilogy.

BBC climate change correspondent[edit]

Although most BBC forecasters are not directly employed by the BBC, but by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills's Met Office (formerly the MOD's Met Office), since 2007 Hudson has been a full-time member of BBC staff, not the Meteorological Office, acting as an environmental and climate change expert. He gives talks on the subject to local organisations and school and has appeared on BBC One's Morning Show.


He can also be heard on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Wetwang public office[edit]

In May 2006, Hudson was elected honorary Mayor of Wetwang. This post was previously occupied by Richard Whiteley.[4]

Preceded by
Richard Whiteley
Mayor of Wetwang
May 2006
Succeeded by


He has written several books, published by Great Northern.

Personal life[edit]

He enjoys sea fishing, playing golf (he used to play at Riddlesden golf club, and now plays at Moor Allerton), cricket (he played for Ingrow St Johns in the Craven League). He supports Bradford City, having a twenty-five-year season ticket, and was trapped in the stand that caught fire in the Bradford City stadium fire of 1985.[5]

Hudson is married to Look North journalist Nicola Hudson (née Shaw),[6] who he married in July 2003 in Huddersfield. They have daughters born in April 2005 and November 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "My Yorkshire: Paul Hudson". Yorkshire Post (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Paul Hudson: ‘I just knew I wanted to be a weather forecaster. I love it, even after 20 years’". Yorkshire Post (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 23 August 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ TES - Heads in the clouds
  4. ^ Brooke, Chris (12 September 2009). "Weatherman (with a dry sense of humour) put his own village of Wetwang on the map". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sunny outlook". Yorkshire Evening Post. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sunshine all the way for Paul and Nicola". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 25 July 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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